President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will make a “dramatic” statement about the country’s southern border with Mexico either later on Thursday or on Friday.
Louisiana’s Democratic governor said on Wednesday he would sign a bill passed earlier in the day to ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, the latest legislation in a movement in mostly Southern and Midwest states to curb abortion rights.
Democratic presidential candidates ratcheted up the pressure on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to start the process of impeaching President Donald Trump after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s first public comments on his two-year Russia probe.
Austria’s president has picked the female president of the Constitutional Court to become interim chancellor after parliament voted Sebastian Kurz’s government out of office in the wake of a video sting scandal.
The United States will respond with military force if its interests are attacked by Iran, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook told a news conference call on Thursday.
The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear tests, a U.S. intelligence official on Wednesday, while the head of a body monitoring a global nuclear treaty said there was no sign of such violations by Moscow.
In a sweeping social policy shift, the Trump administration is seeking to remake health rules at home and abroad for women, gay and transgender people, restricting access to abortion, curtailing support for contraception and narrowing the scope of civil rights in healthcare. The turnaround has its foundations in the quiet, behind-the-scenes influence of Vice President Mike Pence, who has been driven throughout his political career by his evangelical Christian beliefs to restrict abortion and prioritize the rights of religious conservatives.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is flying to Ottawa on Thursday to talk to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about ratification of the new North American trade agreement and the two countries’ dispute with China.
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Thousands of Arkansas and Oklahoma residents braced for more flooding on Wednesday and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the Arkansas River may not hold.
A Baghdad court sentenced a Frenchman to death on Wednesday for joining the Islamic State group, bringing to seven the number of French jihadists on death row in Iraq.
Seeking to cull its crowded 2020 presidential field, the Democratic Party will make it tougher for candidates to qualify for a third debate scheduled for September. The party will require contenders to meet both a higher polling standard and a larger fundraising target.
Kosovo police arrested more than a dozen fellow officers as part of a crackdown on organized crime in the mainly Serb north on Tuesday, triggering concern from the UN, which said two of its staff were injured.
The cat was let out of the bag a little early regarding Motorola’s new Moto Z4, the $499 handset the company officially unveiled this morning – and which Amazon mistakenly sold to a user two days before we were supposed to, er, know it existed. Nevertheless, it’s here now – or, rather, it will be soon, as it hits Verizon in the US two weeks from today. In keeping with past Z flagships, Verizon has got the exclusive stateside, and as with the announcement of the Moto Z3 as the world’s first “5G-upgradeable” smartphone, the Z4 will likewise be upgradeable to 5G via the company’s “Moto Mod” component once 5G networks are available in your area.
The death toll from a weekend boat disaster in the Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to at least 47 people, with dozens more possibly missing, local authorities said on Wednesday.
Venezuela’s ambassador in Geneva mocked as “ridiculous” a U.S. walkout Tuesday from his chairmanship of the U.N.’s main disarmament body, launching barbs at President Donald Trump and laughing as he claimed a David-over-Goliath diplomatic victory over the United States.
Seven South Korean tourists have died and another 21 people are missing after a boat sank on the Danube River in Hungary’s capital, Budapest.
A baby born weighing just 8.6oz, believed to be the tiniest on record to survive premature birth, has been discharged from hospital in the US. Baby Saybie weighed the same as a large apple when she was born at 23 weeks and three days in December 2018. But five months on, she was discharged weighing a healthy 5.6 pounds, confounding all expectations.
The family of a US man who died of dehydration while in jail will receive $6.75m from Milwaukee County and a private company that ran inmate care.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a new cabinet in which, for the first time in the country’s history, half of all ministers are women.
New Zealand’s Treasury has admitted that details of its budget – leaked earlier this week – were not stolen by hackers but accidentally made available through its website. The government called in police after parts of its budget were released two days early by the opposition National Party.
Israeli lawmakers have voted to dissolve parliament after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government. The vote triggered a fresh election, which will be held on 17 September.
The Satanic Temple said it would challenge a Supreme Court ruling from Tuesday that upheld part of an Indiana law requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains. The Satanic Temple (TST) said “non-viable fetal tissue is part of the woman who carries it,” according to its statement to the news outlet.
15% of millennials – about one in seven – say they’ve never even tried reading a paper map. That means millions of young adults may end up completely lost without a working digital device.
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News – 5/30/2019
US believes Russia conducting low-level nuclear tests: official
This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available. The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear testing in violation of a moratorium on such tests, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday.
In Venezuela, criminals feel the pinch of an economic crisis
street gangster El Negrito sleeps with a pistol under his pillow and says he’s lost track of his murder count. But despite his hardened demeanor, he’s quick to gripe about how Venezuela’s failing economy is cutting into his profits. Firing a gun has become a luxury. Bullets are expensive at $1 each. And with less cash circulating on the street, he says robberies just don’t pay like they used to. For the 24-year-old, that has all given way to a simple fact: Even for Venezuelan criminals it’s become harder to get by.
Obama Bags $600,000 Payday For Single Speech In Colombia
Obama was paid nearly $600,000 to speak at a Tuesday marketing conference in Bogota, Colombia, according to Colombian news outlet El Tiempo. For those keeping track, that’s $100,000 more than Bill Clinton made for a single speech in Moscow (during a 2010 trip where he hung out with Vladimir Putin at his house).
Pre-Crime Is Here: Law Enforcement’s New TAPS System ‘Predicts’ If You Pose A Future Threat
But the TAPS Act, first introduced in January, would take law enforcement screenings to a whole new level. It would create a national threat assessment of children and adults. In the course of six months the Threat Assessment, Prevention and Safety (TAPS) Act (H.R. 838) has seen support of the bill grow to nearly 80 Congress members. What better way to garner public support for a national threat assessment program than to introduce it during National Police Week.
Runners and riders: The favourites in the race to replace EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker
THE row over replacing Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president will rumble on after EU leaders failed to decide on his successor at a Brussels summit last night. German MEP Manfred Weber made himself an early favour to become Commission president after becoming the centre-right European People’s Party’s candidate of choice. But a number of EU leaders, including Emmanuel Macron, showed strong signs of opposition to Angela Merkel’s favoured candidate. This leaves the door wide open for an alternative contender to swoop in and steel Mr Weber’s thunder, as well as EU’s most senior role.
EBOLA WARNING: Crisis at MAXIMUM LEVEL, UN warned
THE EBOLA death toll continues to rise at a staggering rate in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with charities now urging the UN to step up efforts to the highest possible threat level. “There has never been an epidemic of this complexity or size in the DRC.”
Bilderberg 2019: Shock conspiracy theories behind shadowy meeting of world leaders
ONE of the world’s most-mysterious meetings will take place this week at Bilderberg, with conspiracy theorists aflutter over what really takes place. Theorists claim those in attendance at the meeting have the power to start wars and run world affairs. Other conspiracy theorists connect Bilderberg to the Illuminati, the Freemasons and even the death of Princess Diana… participants are forbidden from talking about the discussions.
World War 3: ‘Breakthrough’ US missile capable of ‘wiping out’ North Korea WITHOUT killing
A MILITARY expert has warned the US could retaliate to an international threat by using a “breakthrough” US Air Force missile which is capable of “wiping out” North Korea’s military capabilities without causing any fatalities.
“It really is a breakthrough on a level of a nuclear weapon in terms of what it can do.
RUSSIA WARNING: Putin could INTERVENE if US and Iran go to war
The relationship between Washington and Tehran continues to be strained amid plans to deploy 1,500 US troops to the Middle East. US national security adviser John Bolton warned the US had “deep and serious” intelligence on threats posed by Iran. The prospect of warfare in the troubled region has prompted fears Moscow will be dragged into battle if its Iranian allies come under threat.
Venezuela Reports Grim Details of Hyperinflation, GDP Plunge
Venezuela’s central bank published key economic data for the first time since 2015, reporting figures on gross domestic product, external accounts and inflation that might be expected from an economy devastated by war rather than one boasting the world’s largest oil reserves. Inflation spiraled out of control to 130,060% in 2018 and hit 862.6% in 2017, while the economy shrank 22.5% during the third quarter of 2018 from same period in 2017,… illustrating in painful detail the depth of Venezuela’s collapse.
Israel goes back to elections as Netanyahu fails to form coalition
Exactly one month after the 21st Knesset was sworn in, a majority of the Knesset voted late Wednesday night to disperse and initiate an unprecedented repeat election on September 17. It was the first time in Israeli history that a candidate for prime minister failed to form a coalition after being given the task by the president after an election.
Jordanian king to Kushner: Pal. state only possible on pre-1967 lines
Jordanian King Abdullah told White House senior adviser…Jared Kushner on Wednesday that a Palestinian state can only be created along the border lines that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War. “His Majesty stressed the need for a comprehensive and lasting peace based on a two-state solution, leading to an independent Palestinian state on 4 June 1967 lines with east Jerusalem as its capital,” according to a statement from Abdullah’s palace.
Argentina abortion: Crowds gather to back pro-choice bill
A large crowd has marched on the Congress building in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, to demand the decriminalisation of abortion. Tuesday’s march came as a bill was introduced to legalise terminations in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. A similar bill was defeated at almost the last hurdle last year when senators voted 38 to 31 against it.
Syrian military ‘burning farmland in rebel-held north’
Satellite images show large areas of farmland in opposition-held north-west Syria have been burnt as part of what activists allege is a campaign by the government to destroy vital food crops. Civil defence workers say incendiary weapons have been fired repeatedly at fields in Idlib, Hama and Aleppo provinces in the past month. Air and artillery strikes have also killed at least 160 civilians.
‘Fetal heartbeat’ abortion bill sent to Louisiana governor, who will sign it; court must uphold it
Louisiana lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban abortions at about six weeks of pregnancy if upheld by the courts, sending it to the governor’s desk without exceptions for victims of rape and incest. Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, said he will sign the bill into law.
Rain intensifies flooding in saturated Arkansas, Oklahoma
Brad Hindley planned to be vacationing on a lake this week. Instead, he’s been on a boat in his swamped Fort Smith neighborhood trying to keep gas in generators that are pumping water from his flooded home in Arkansas’ second largest city. “We’ve got lakefront property now. Right up to the front door,” said Hindley…who is among thousands of residents along the Arkansas-Oklahoma border impacted by widespread flooding along the swollen Arkansas River.
Dow slides more than 200 points as yields fall on worries about the economy
Stocks fell on Wednesday as bond yields declined again, triggering concerns about the economic outlook. Increasing trade tensions in the China-U.S. trade fight also weighed on markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 221.36 points to 25,126.41 while the S&P 500 slid 0.7% to 2,783.02. The Nasdaq Composite declined by 0.8% 7,547.31. The Dow briefly fell more than 400 points as the 10-year Treasury note yield hit its low of the day.
How U.S. sanctions over a Russian weapon could rattle Turkey
Turkey is on the cusp of facing U.S. sanctions over its decision to buy a Russian S-400 missile defense system, leaving its already soft currency and economy vulnerable and raising questions over its position within NATO… If no solution is found in coming weeks…tit-for-tat sanctions could hit trade between the allies and prolong a recession in Turkey that has already tested President Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on power.
Methodist evangelicals ask for prayers as Church considers allowing gay marriage
Evangelicals are asking for prayers ahead of the Methodist Church’s annual conference next month when proposals to allow gay marriage ceremonies will be considered.
Crop-tastrophe In The Midwest – Latest USDA Progress Report Signals Nightmare Scenario
The last 12 months have been the wettest in all of U.S. history, and this has created absolutely horrific conditions for U.S. farmers. Thanks to endless rain and historic flooding that has stretched on for months, many farmers have not been able to plant crops at all, and a lot of the crops that have actually been planted are deeply struggling. What this means is that U.S. agricultural production is going to be way, way down this year. The numbers that I am about to share with you are deeply alarming, and they should serve as a wake up call for all of us. The food that each one of us eats every day is produced by our farmers, and right now our farmers are truly facing a nightmare scenario.
Extreme weather spans coast-to-coast with multiple tornadoes and severe storms plaguing the country
Severe storms stretched across the nation Tuesday, including tornadoes in Kansas and Pennsylvania, while catastrophic flooding puts other states at risk. It’s only the latest outbreak of extreme weather that’s been plaguing the U.S. for nearly two weeks.
IDF reveals ‘longest, most significant’ Hezbollah tunnel on northern border
Military says Lebanon terror group’s cross-border tunnel has infrastructure for electricity, ventilation, communications; subterranean passage to be destroyed in coming days
Uproar over Netflix show in which Hitler ‘roasts’ Anne Frank
Actor playing Nazi leader makes concentration camp jokes at expense of famed diarist who died in Bergen-Belsen; Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House calls show ‘tasteless satire’
NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses
A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.
AFA.net – Target stores donating $100,000 to promote gay lifestyle to school children
Target’s website has several pages dedicated to products that promote the LGBT lifestyle According to LifeSiteNews, Target department stores are not only offering clothing and accessories celebrating the gay lifestyle to adults and children, but the company has also pledged to donate to a nonprofit that trains students and teachers in LGBT politics and advocacy.
‘Dark day’: Illinois House passes abortion bill far worse than New York’s
…HB 2495 and would virtually eliminate all protections for preborn children, allow infanticide, remove conscience protection laws for health care workers, allow taxpayer funding for abortion, and more. HB 2467 would repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, making it so that minors can obtain abortions without parental notification.
Ohio Public Library to Offer ‘Drag 101’ Class for Teenagers
The Delaware County District Library in Delaware, Ohio, is gearing up to host a “Drag 101” class for local teenagers.
Under Mayor de Blasio, NYPD Records Record “Antisemitism Crisis,” 83% Increase in Hate Crime
Wilhelm is his real name. This vicious leftist gave Linda Sarsour hundreds of thousands of dollars and has been a long time support of antisemitic causes. He was a Sandinista activist with Palestinian ties (NY Times). He flouted his ties to Nicaraguan Solidarity Network, a Communist-front organization that still supports the Marxist regime in Nicaragua headed by Communist Sandinista Daniel Ortega.
Official: U.S. Believes Russia Conducting Low-Level Nuclear Tests
The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear testing in violation of a moratorium on such tests, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday.
Florida governor, Cabinet sued over plans to meet in Israel
An open-government watchdog group and several news outlets sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Cabinet on Tuesday in an effort to stop them from holding a Cabinet meeting while on a trade mission in Israel.
Palestinians Broadcast Ramadan Mini-Series Inciting Muslim Children To Kill Jews – Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Silent (VIDEO)
Palestinian Muslims are running a TV special to celebrate Ramadan. And what would Ramadan be without death to the infidels? A young boy is taught how to murder Jews in the holy Ramadan TV special.
You Will Not Believe What the INDY 500 Officials Gave Out at the Event
Professional sports has totally gone globalist! In the latest example of this, we see unquestioning support for the Big Pharma agenda. Despite the fact that the vast majority of the recent measles outbreak is of foreign strains coming from unscreened immigrants, the INDY 500 gave out free measles vaccines.
World War Follows False Flag Attacks on American Ships
Throughout American history, false flag attacks on ships have led to major wars. As we approach war with Iran, or Venezuela, or anywhere else, we need to look for the same thing to happen again.Four tankers, off the coast of Saudi Arabia has already constituted the first false flag attack. However, it is was not enough to move the needle on the way to war. Look for more. Here’s the complete story….
Bolton Says “No Doubt” Iranian Naval Mines Used In UAE Tankers Sabotage
Addressing a press conference in Dubai on Wednesday US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Iranian underwater mines were “likely” used in an attack on four international oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz a week-and-a-half ago, including two Saudi vessels, but still didn’t present evidence nor show the precise nature of the damage.
Headlines – 5/30/2019
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